HIVE is an international short film festival based in Berlin, dedicated to empowering unique voices!

HIVE is a multidisciplinary event featuring a diverse array of audiovisual performances, engaging panel discussions, educational workshops, and interactive Q&A sessions.

Our program unites cultural producers and audiences to explore different perspectives on social issues, fostering dynamic exchange of ideas and community building.

At HIVE, we strive to create a vibrant and inclusive space where diverse voices can be heard and appreciated.

Selected films will be screened at our partner venue. We have Q&A sessions with directors and the audience after each screening.

1. Submitted movies must be under 30 minutes.
2. Submitted movies must be completed after 2022.
3. All films that are not in English, must have English subtitles.
4. Submission fees are non-refundable and non-reimbursable under any circumstances; HIVE International Short Film Days, Berlin does not reimburse any submission fees for films who are not selected for the festival program, or who withdrew their submissions at any time.
5. The applicant must send the movie via a link to a video streaming platform.
6. Only one person from the filmmaking team needs to register.
7. Non-exclusive: the film may have been screened or entered into festivals prior to or after application. There are no restrictions if there was a prior screening.
8. Films that are submitted must be the applicant's original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Applicants agree that they have obtained all the required copyright permissions for their movies.
9. Only the selected films will be screened at HIVE International Short Film Days, Berlin.
10. HIVE International Short Film Days, Berlin organisers reserve the right to re-schedule the dates and categories and notify these changes to the applicants.
11. HIVE International Short Film Days, Berlin organisers do not take any responsibility for postponing the event because of a possible new Covid-19 counter-measures of the city.
12. HIVE International Short Film Days, Berlin holds the right to:
• Use the selected films for trailers and publicity usage
• Screen the winning films in other related events inside Germany, and recommend the winning films to other international film festivals that collaborate with HIVE International Short Film Days, Berlin after the approval of the filmmakers.

Please make sure to include the following in your submission:
- Film file / Link with English subtitles (unless the film is in English)
- Trailer (if available)
- Poster (if available)
- One photo of the filmmaker and a short biography
- Short description of the film

Overall Rating
  • Atefeh Kheirabadi

    A great festival with a good Selection of Film. I am too honoured to be a part of the e. Edition with the short film. 7+1 Fragments.

    October 2023
  • Nina Wendel

    Wonderful film festival. HIVE offers a space for diversity, out of the box films where everybody is welcome. The curation and thematic selection of the films into a 3 day festival program was original and authentic. It was a pleasure to screen my film Homeland here!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure for us to screen your film and host you in our festival. Hope to see you in our second year!

  • Julia Feige

    Thx for inviting my film and me it was a great festival!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work with us and joining us on the opening night. See you in our next edition!

  • Moritz Schuchmann

    A great festival in a nice area of Neukölln / Rixdorf with high quality films and a super nice team behind it. You can really feel their passion for arts and films, and there was even free Rakı for the visitors! :D I hope I can join with one of my upcoming films as well.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind comment Moritz. We are very much looking forward to seeing your future films and meet you on our second year!

  • Great festival with a chilled atmosphere where I had the chance to talk to some nice people.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your great work with us and joining our Q&A session to meet the audience. We hope to see you again on our second edition!